THE HEART OF A FATHER
God is like a Father—tender and compassionate (concerned, gentle, kind). Not every child has a tender and compassionate father, however. Too often, sadly, the cycles of abuse and dysfunction rob children of loving fathers. If that is your situation, God offers Himself to you to be the Father you never had or perhaps felt you never needed. Of course, you can’t “go fishing” with God or be held physically by Him, but you can receive His love in your heart by means of His Holy Spirit. God can tenderly heal your deep loss. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deut. 6:6-7
Fathers – Our actions speak louder than our words. This is especially true in the home. Children learn values, morals, and priorities by observing how their parents act and react every day. If parents exhibit a deep reverence for and dependence on God, the children will catch these attitudes. Let them see your reverence for God. Teach them right living by giving worship an important place in your family life and by reading the Bible together. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Proverbs 1:8
Fathers – While praying, Jesus was aware of what doing the Father’s Will would cost Him. He understood the suffering He was about to encounter, and He did not want to have to endure the horrible experience. But Jesus prayed, “Not My will, but Thy will.” Anything worth having costs something. What does your commitment to God cost you? Be willing to pay the price to gain eternal life. 16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] Only Begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Fathers – The purpose of parental discipline is to help children grow, not exasperate and provoke them to anger or discouragement (disciplined with love). Parenting is not easy—It takes lots of patience to raise children in a loving, Christ-honoring manner. But frustration and anger should not be causes for discipline. Instead, parents should act in love, treating children as Jesus treats the people He loves. This is vital to children’s development and to their understanding of what Christ is like.
Fathers do not exasperate (anger, irritate) your children: instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
REMINDER: THE HEART OF A FATHER!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”